Flooded Basement? Prevent Major Water Damage With These Tips

As a homeowner, one of the most common yet devastating problems is a basement flood.  As water pours in, it’s nearly impossible to avoid feeling helpless.

All you can do is move your most important belongings out of the basement — assuming they’re not already damaged beyond repair — in hopes to save what you can.

While it’s impossible to prevent a natural disaster, there are steps you can take in order to mitigate or even prevent the potential destruction water can cause in your basement.

Signs Your Basement is Susceptible to Flood and Water Damage

Even in dry conditions, there may already be signs that your basement is susceptible to flood damage.

How you take care of the outside of your house can actually have a big impact on the inside, even in your basement. In fact, people who neglect to clean their gutters or don’t have them set up to drain several feet from their homes are actually more likely to see flood damage in their basement.

“Keep those maintained and cleaned out,” said Jeremy Baxter, who oversees the water department here at Paul Davis Restoration of Northeast Indiana. “Make sure that you have the water going away at least three feet from the house, whether that's using an extension at the bottom of the spout or something else that diverts the water away from the house.

“If your gutters get clogged up, that water will run down the side of the house and into the ground near the foundation.”

Along the same lines, it’s also important to pay attention to the landscaping next to your house. Flower beds that retain water or hills that run toward your home can wear on the foundation and eventually lead to water getting in.

If your basement is unfinished, it's important to monitor cement walls and floors for cracks. Even the smallest abrasion can be a gateway for water damage and further wear and tear

“Obviously, with smaller cracks, you can probably patch it, but if you get something that you can stick your finger in, I would definitely call a professional to see if you can get that fixed because that's going to let water in,” Baxter said.

If your basement is finished, you can check for moisture on the drywall. Over time, a basement that’s letting even a small amount of water in on a regular basis will start to soften or the tape and paint on the wall will begin to bubble.

Lastly, anyone with a basement should make sure that their sump pump is in working condition and is capable of handling an extreme amount of rainwater. If a sump pump falls behind, it will begin to let water in.

Schedule Routine Maintenance on your Septic System

Modern plumbing is a wonderful convenience, but that doesn’t mean it can be neglected.

“When's the last time you had your septic tank cleaned?” Baxter said. “Routine maintenance will prevent a lot of what we're talking about.”

It’s also important to have your sewer inspected to make sure there are no compromising issues. If either system malfunctions, it can lead to a huge mess and thousands of dollars in damage.

It’s also a lengthy process to restore a finished basement that has been significantly impacted by water damage.

First, wet and damaged materials must be replaced. Then those areas need to be left alone to dry. Once the area is dry again, contractors like the ones at Paul Davis can begin to restore your basement to its former state.

Experience Flood Damage?

If you’ve recently experienced a flooded basement or are worried about potential flooding, it’s important to look into your home insurance policy.

You’ll want to see what types of flood damage your policy covers, because not all flood causes are. Then check the monetary value of the policy. Will it cover $10,000 in flood damage? More? Less?

After that, you’ll be ready to call in experts, such as the specialists at Paul Davis Restoration, which can return your basement to its former state and offer additional tips for preventing future water damage.

To reach the experts at Paul Davis Restoration, visit or call 260-436-7510.


















Coronavirus Cleaning: How To Properly Disinfect Your Business

The entire business world is wrestling with how to continue operations (plus, support workers and the local economy) while also keeping their workforce safe from the novel coronavirus pandemic. This goes for both large and small businesses and includes manufacturers and hospitals.

Given the ease at which the virus spreads, it’s more important now than ever to keep your business clean and disinfected in an efficient manner. How are industrial cleaners staying ahead of the novel coronavirus?

“With the current Covid-19 outbreak and knowing this need for expert, state of the art infectious disease cleaning is now on the rise, we are now investing in more equipment, new equipment, and an extensive staff training,” said Shelly Koelper, owner of Paul Davis of Northeast Indiana.

With that said, here are steps you and your employees can take to keep your office disinfected.

Make Sure Your Cleaning Kills COVID-19

While washing your hands, applying hand sanitizer and wiping down surfaces is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, not all cleaning solutions kill the virus.

To be sure what you’re using will effectively eliminate the novel coronavirus, the American Chemistry Council released a list of cleaning products that in compliance with the EPA's Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides.

Check it to make sure the cleaning supplies you’re using are listed. If your product of choice isn’t listed, look for the items listed when you’re shopping for new supplies. If it is, buy more and keep using it.

Surfaces and often used items need to be cleaned (or at least wiped down) multiple times per day, especially those that often come into contact with people.

Administer Disinfectant to Employees and Encourage them To Wash their Hands

If your business is still operating with employees coming into the office, make sure every employee has disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers at their workstation. Make it as easy as possible to keep their hands, desk and work equipment as clean as possible throughout the day.

At the same time, wipes and hand sanitizers should not replace hand washing. It’s important that employees still wash their hands several times per day.

It also helps if works limit the items they touch on a regular basis. The less they touch, the less the virus can spread.

Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home

While there are plenty of asymptomatic careers of COVID-19, it still important to request that all employees who feel even slightly under the weather stay home and away from other people, especially if they’re experiencing symptoms related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

According to the World Health Organization, some of the symptoms are:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Heavy fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing

Hire an Industrial Cleaner

While the steps listed above are effective ways for your business to stay clean from infectious diseases like the novel coronavirus, there’s still only so much you can do.

That’s why it’s also good to bring in a professional industrial cleaner whenever possible. They often have decades of experience at preventing viruses from spreading.

“We’ve been known as local experts in home and business restoration for the past 27 years, whether that be from water losses, fire or smoke damage, or mold and biohazard cleanup,” Koelper said. “But many local businesses including hospitals, schools and large corporations also know us for our experience and expertise with disinfecting and keeping their facilities safe from airborne pathogens.”

For more information on Paul Davis of Northeast Indiana and our industrial cleaning service, call 260-436-7510 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



How we can help you and your business during the Coronavirus.

How is Paul Davis able to help you with the Coronavirus outbreak? We are certified to clean and have the equipment ready to go! We are always here in your time of need. If you do not need us, please you this time to be kind and check on your neighbors.

How to Detect Mold in Your Home and Safely Remove It


Everyone reacts to mold in their home differently. When some people breathe in spores, they might not show any signs of a response, while others will become seriously ill, especially those with asthma.

Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and throat, dry skin and wheezing. If exposure persists, mold can lead to more serious illnesses, such as severe asthma attacks and fungal sinusitis.

No matter how you or your loved ones react to mold, it’s important to know about the fungus, how to identify signs it’s in your home and how to safely get rid of it.

Signs of Mold

Contrary to popular opinion, if you have mold in your home, it won’t always be visible to the naked eye. You can check the surface of your walls and ceilings, but there’s a good chance if you do have mold, it’s hiding behind the drywall.

A strong indication that you might have mold in your home, even if you can’t see it, is if there’s been moisture on your walls, ceiling or floor, especially for an extended period of time or if you live in a damp or humid area.

This can happen due to a leak in the roof or a muggy summer day.

Another option is to have the air quality in your home tested. There are tests you can buy online or at hardware stores.

If you do happen to see mold spores on your walls, chances are the growth is much worse on the inside.

If this is the case, it’s important to contact a professional such as Steven Mwaniki, an environmental specialist here at Paul Davis Restoration, to check the inside of your walls.

Removing Mold

In almost all cases of mold in your home, it is important to consult a trained professional immediately. While it might be tempting to simply wipe away mold spores, this can actually cause additional harm.

“It's not just spraying a chemical and using a rag to wipe it,” Mwaniki said. “Because when you do that, you have broken the shell of the mold. When you break the shell, that's when the spores release toxins.”

The same goes for trying to use an everyday vacuum cleaner to suck up mold. Chances are, your vacuum’s filter won’t be able to capture all of the mold spores due to how tiny they are.

Professionals will use special equipment designed to suck up mold and mold spores while wearing protective equipment to prevent them from breathing in an spores not captured

Preventing Mold

In addition to watching out for wet or damp areas of your home, the best thing you can do to prevent mold is purchase an air purifier for your home

“If every house had an air purifier, that would help so much. It's only $200 to $300 to buy a nice purifier that you can put it in your house,” said Mwaniki.

While $300 may sound expensive, Mwaniki says the investment is often worth it in the long run.

An air purifier can help mitigate mold and keep your family safe from mold-related illnesses. This will save you from expensive medical bills and costly home restoration projects.

Call in the Professional

Worried about mold in your home? Paul Davis can remove mold and help fix the damage it may have caused. Call 888-473-7669 24 hours a day.

Experts like Steven Mwaniki are available to talk you through your concerns, examine your home and find the best solution to keep you, your family and your home safe from toxic mold